»Without the wisdom of religion,
successful development is impossible.
Good development is like good
medicine: it has no side-effects.«
Dharam Singh Nihang Singh
Dharam Singh Nihang Singh belongs to the Sikh Religion and is renowned for his comprehensive knowledge of spiritual and historical matters. He was born in Panjab in India in 1936 and comes from the Nihang tradition, which is committed to preserving the wisdom of religion. Dharam Singh Nihang Singh is the founder of the Sach Khoj Academy, which is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and has published thousands of hours of lectures as well as numerous articles based on Gurbani. He conducts holistic, critical exegesis of existential issues, such as what it means to be human, the nature of spirituality and religion, and our global future. In February 2015, Dharam Singh Nihang Singh was the very first speaker of the dialogue series "Religion matters - Rethinking the challenges of tomorrow" at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Dialogue series Religion matters – Rethinking the challenges of tomorrow Development policy that perceives people as individuals must in turn be willing to engage seriously with those people’s perspective on the world. Religion and culture shape how people
see the world, their lifestyles and engagement. They are a powerful force for social and political change. In a new dialogue series, entitled "Religion matters – Rethinking the challenges of tomorrow", organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), distinguished individuals are regularly invited to exchange views on
values, religion and sustainable development. The dialogue events are conducted with selected representatives from the spheres of politics, civil society and academia.
The Sikh Religion
The Sikh Religion (Sikhi, Sikhism) is a monotheistic religion founded in the 15th century in northern India. Today, it has almost 25 million followers, making it the fifth largest world religion. The Sikh Religion is based on spiritual, timeless insights preserved in written form, known as Gurbani. These provide inspiration for spreading unity among people, assuming responsibility within society, abolishing discrimination based on origin, leading a virtuous, modest life in harmony with nature, and gaining spiritual wisdom.